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Is the 7970 worth THAT much more than 7950?

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June 7, 2013 9:34:11 AM

I apologise if this a duplicate question, but I did search.

My question is simple, I've been looking at 7950 for ages now, comparing the different brands and I settled on the HIS HD IceQ BOOST 3GB card.

But the HIS HD 7970 X2-BOOST Ghz Edition is just £60 more expensive.
Do you think long-term wise, it would be better to squeeze that little bit more cash out and get the best of the best? Or is that £60 not worth it for difference in the two cards?

-- Usage --
Battlefield 4, Call of duty, Bioshock Infinite, Metro, GTA IV.. I'm a big gamer so I will want to play a lot of AAA games.. And from a future proof point of view, next-gen games aswell.

-- Current system --
Zalman Z11 Plus (should provide enough room with ease)
Intel i5 3750k (Stock clocks & cooler for the moment)
Gigabyte Z77-DS3H Motherboard
8GB Corsair Vengence RAM
600w Corsair CX-Builders Series '80-plus' bronze.

I brought a 430Watt orginally but returned it for a 600w. I'm now thinking that still isn't enough power to Crossfire two 7950 so might it be worth sticking with the one card and getting the 7970?

I know it's english, but checkout the specs:
HIS HD 7950 IceQ BOOST 3072MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card

HIS HD 7970 IceQ X² 3072MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card

Any guidance would greatly be appreciated.
Thanks a lot,
Shiner.

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June 7, 2013 9:42:39 AM

If you game a lot and want that extra piece of mind, get the HD7970, it can be OCd past a GHz edition easily and the choice in HIS is a good one.

But keep in mind either card will serve your needs now, but who knows what the future holds... 60Quid is worth it me thinks.

EDIT : Oh and the Z11 has enough space, only about 1CM clearance on the length though. LOL
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June 7, 2013 9:50:23 AM

You can overclock a 7950 bringing the performance around 7970GHz/GTX680. I'd say just stick with a 7950 (£60 is a lot if you ask me) but it also depends on what you expect performance on future titles and how much you are willing to compromise. As Novuake said though, if you want the extra peace of mind and £60 is not that big of a difference for you, maybe just get the 7970
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